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Tara Harrison, DVM, MPVM, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ACVPM

Associate Professor

Office: 919.513.7350
Lab: Zoological Oncology and Therapeutics

Dr. Tara Harrison graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM degree. Afterward, she earned a Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of California-Davis, where she worked with Dr. Linda Munson as a post-doctoral fellow in the contraceptive advisory group. She did veterinary internships at Toledo Zoo and Wildlife Safari. She then spent ten years working as a veterinarian and curator at Potter Park Zoo and an additional year as the Director of Animal Health at Potter Park Zoo. Dr. Harrison was also an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University during that time. She then went back to UC Davis and was an Assistant Professor in UC Davis’ Department of Medicine and Epidemiology and a veterinarian at the Sacramento Zoo. She is currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Exotic Animal Medicine Service. She is board certified in the American College of Zoological Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Veterinary Cancer Care
Neoplasia and its treatments in exotic and zoological animals

  • (2017) Evaluation of morbidity and mortality in lesser hedgehog tenrecs (Echinops telfairi) .Harrison, T.M., S. H. Harrison. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 48(2) 440-445.
  • (2017) Parathyroid hormone, ionized calcium, and 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in the domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) . Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.Canizzo, S., M. Rick, T.M. Harrison, C.A. Harms. | Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. 26(4) : 294-299.
  • (2017) Case series of obstetrical and post-partum complications in lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrecs (Echinops telfairi) .Thompson, K.A., D. Agnew, T. Harrison. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 48(2) 446-452.
  • (2016) Case series of renal carcinoma in a family of binturong (Arctictis binturong) including treatment with pyelonephrectomy and a tyrosine kinase inhibitor.Thompson, K. A., J. Patterson, B. Kitchell, T.M. Harrison. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 47(4) : 1109–1113.
  • (2016) Retrospective analysis of 3 large nonhuman primate colonies and the incidence and treatment of retained placenta. Comparative Medicine.Bauer, C., T. Harrison. | 66 (2) : 1-7.
  • (2016) Technique for venipuncture of the facial vein in black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) .Schlanser, J.R., G.W. Bohart, D.W. Paperd, C. Wagner, M. Marquardt, T.M. Harrison. | Zoo Biology. Nov/Dec. 35(6) . 579-573.
  • (2016) Intralesional bleomycin to treat oral squamous cell carcinoma in a greater hedgehog tenrec (Setifer setosus)Brady, S., T. M. Harrison, C. Rodriguez, R.F. Wack. | Veterinary Record Case Reports.
  • (2014) Intestinal butyrate-producing community structure is governed by diet across the classes of Mammalia, Aves and Reptilia.Vital, M., J. Gao, M. Rizzo, T. Harrison and J. M. Tiedje. | ISME Journal. 24 October. 179.
  • (2014) Fecal endocrine monitoring of reproduction in female snow leopards (Uncia uncia) .Reichert-Stewart, J.L., R.M. Santymire, D. Armstrong, T.M. Harrison, and J.R. Herrick. | Theriogenology. 82(1) 17-26.
  • (2014) Gastric dilatation and volvulus in a red panda (Ailurus fulgens)Schlanser, J.R., D.W. Paperd, and T.M. Harrison. | The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. 76(6) 901-903.
  • (2013) Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive and Free Ranging Animals in North America, 2nd ed.Harrison, T.M. Canine parvovirus. In: Gamble, K.C., and M.M. Clancy (eds) . | Infectious Disease Committee, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Yulee, Florida. 1098 pp.
  • (2012) Disseminated pheochromocytoma in a North American river otter (Lontra canadensis)Schlanser, J.R., Patterson, J.S. D, Kiupel, M., Hencken, C., Sikarskie, J.G., Harrison, T.M. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 43(2) : 407-411.
  • (2011) Infectious diseases of concern to captive and free ranging animals in North America, 1st ed.Harrison, T.M. Feline calicivirus. in Napier, J.E. and K.C. Gamble (eds) | Infectious disease committee, American Assoc. Zoo Veterinarians, Yulee, FL. Pp. 374.
  • (2011) Survival and cause-specific mortality of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) in Michigan.Bailey, R.L., Campa, H., Harrison, T.M., Bissell, K. | Herpetologica. 67: 167-173.
  • (2011) Surgical amputation of a digit and V.A.C. (Vacuum assisted closure) management in a case of osteomyelitis and wound care in an eastern black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli)Harrison, T.M., Stanley, B., Sikarskie, J.G., Bohart, G., Ames, N.K., Tomlian, J.A., Marquardt, M.P., Marcum, A.J., Kiupel, M., Sledge, D., Agnew, D. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 42 (2) : 317-321.
  • (2011) Pancreatic atrophy due to zinc toxicosis in two African ostriches (Struthio camelus)Carreira, V., Goadsden, B.J., Harrison, T.M., Braselton, W., E., Fitzgerald, S.D. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42 (2) : 304-308.
  • (2010) Surveillance of rabies prevalence and bite protocols in captive mammals in American zoos.Zelepsky, J., Harrison, T.M. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 41 (3) : 474-479.
  • (2010) Malignant lymphoma in African lions (Panthera leo) .Harrison, T.M., McKnight, C.A., Sikarskie, J.G., Kitchell, B.E., Garner, M.M., Raymond, J.T., Fitzgerald, S.D., Valli, V.E., Agnew, D., Kiupel, M. | Veterinary Pathology. 47: 952-957.
  • (2010) Treatment of an amelanotic melanoma using radiation therapy in a lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec.Harrison, T.M., Dominguez, P., Hanzlik, K., Sikarskie, J.G., Agnew, D., Bergin, I., Fitzgerald, S.D., Kitchell, B., McNeil, E. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 41(1) : 152-157
  • (2008) The influence of reproductive status on thermal ecology and vegetation use of female Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) in southwestern lower Michigan.Foster, M. A., Bissell, K.M., Campa, H., Harrison, T.M. | Herpetological Review
  • (2008) Use of positive reinforcement conditioning to monitor pregnancy in an unanesthetized snow leopard (Uncia uncia) via transabdominal ultrasound.Broder, J.M., MacFadden, A.J., Cosens, L.M., Rosenstein, D.S., Harrison, T.M. | Zoo Biology. 27: 78-85.
  • (2007) Treatment of malignant lymphoma in an African lion (Panthera leo) .Harrison, T.M., Sikarskie, J., Kitchell, B., Rosenstein, D.S., Flaherty, H., Fitzgerald, S.D., Kiupel, M. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 38(2) : 333-336.
  • (2007) Calicivirus epidemic in captive exotic felids.Harrison, T.M., Sikarskie, J., Kruger, J., Wise, A. Mullaney, T.P., Kiupel, M., Maes, R.K. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 38(2) : 292-299.
  • (2007) Toxoplasma gondii in an African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata)Harrison, T.M., Black Moorman, J., Bolin, S.R., Grosjean, N.L, Fitzgerald, S.D. | Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 19: 191-194.
  • (2006) Surveillance for selected bacterial and toxicologic contaminants in donated carcass meat fed to carnivores.Harrison, T.M., Harrison, S.H., Rumbeiha, W.K., Sikarskie, J., McClean, M. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 37(2) : 102-107.
  • (2006) Enrofloxacin induced retinopathy in a guanaco (Lama guanicoe)Harrison, T.M., Dubielzig, R.R., Harrison, T.R., McClean, M. | Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 37(4) : 545-548.
  • (2004) Antibodies to canine and feline viruses in spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) in the Masai Mara National Reserve.Harrison, T.M., Mazet, J.A., Holekamp, K.E., Dubovi, E., Engh, A.L., Nelson, K., Van Horn, R.C., Munson, L. | Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40(1) : 1-10.